Caring for Horses in a Heat Wave

With the current heat wave that is upon us in the UK and Ireland, you might be wondering how best to keep your horse comfortable and healthy in the heat? Follow these guidelines for the best care and nutrition when the temperature rises. Hydration Water is easily the most essential nutrient in your horse’s diet and it becomes even more […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Mare and Foal

Good nutrition is essential, from the time of conception to the birth of a healthy foal. Once the foal arrives, nutrition continues to be vital for both mare and foal to support optimum growth and development. Read on for some essential advice to help produce a healthy youngster. The first few months During the first few months, most of the foal’s […] Continue Reading

Nutrition for the Pregnant Mare

Owning a pregnant mare can be an exciting time, but when your mare is essentially eating for two, nutrition is key. Your mare will have her own nutrient requirements, but you also need to add to that the requirements of the growing foal she is carrying.  The right nutrition to support foal growth and development throughout pregnancy is important but […] Continue Reading

Feeding for Fertility

Good fertility lies at the heart of successful breeding. Whilst other factors can influence a horse’s fertility, nutrition plays a central role in maintaining and promoting it in both mares and stallions. Read on for some essential advice to help support optimum fertility in your horse through feeding. Body Condition One of the single most influential factors on fertility is body […] Continue Reading

Living Life in the Fast Lane

Surviving the snow, dental emergencies and ‘postcards’ from America. There’s never a dull moment for the Equine Management & Training Team. We are well aware that we are not the most popular of people in terms of social media, but judging by the messages and calls we receive, the posts we make are read and their content is taken on […] Continue Reading

Feeding your horse for Joint Health

Whether your horse jumps, piaffes or hacks, his joints keep him moving. But were you aware that there are three types of joints within your horses’ body? Namely – fibrous or ‘fixed’ joints, cartilaginous and synovial. The synovial joints are the ones that provide movement and your horse has 18 of them spread throughout the skeleton! Providing these joints with […] Continue Reading

Feeding and care for horses in extreme weather

Whilst horses are very adaptable to colder weather, they still need to be fed and managed appropriately when more extreme weather hits. Follow these essential guidelines to help keep your horse happy and healthy when it’s cold and snowy outside. Provide Fibre for warmth In colder temperatures, a horse’s energy requirements will increase to maintain their core body temperature of […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Veteran Horse

Horses today are living longer and well into old age, thanks to advances in veterinary treatment and horse care. There is no exact threshold for when your horse is officially ‘old’ and all horses age at different rates, but if your horse is beginning to show signs of age such as a change in condition then it may be time […] Continue Reading

Winter care for optimum condition – getting the basics right

During the winter horses can drop condition due to reduced nutrition in grass and lower temperatures. Providing the right nutrition and management helps promote condition, so if your horse drops weight in winter, follow these guidelines to keep your horse in excellent health. Winter Nutrition Good nutrition will support body condition, but it’s important to be aware that horses naturally […] Continue Reading

Hay v Haylage – which is right for your horse?

Hay and haylage are the most common forms of preserved forage fed to horses in winter. Whilst both provide a great source of fibre for horses, they have distinct nutritional differences as a result of how each one is processed. So, what are these differences and what do they mean in terms of providing the right nutrition for your horse? […] Continue Reading